3:47PM EST November 26. 2012 - FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets guard Brandon Moore's butt has been the butt of jokes for the past few days, ever since it caused a fumble returned for a touchdown by the New England Patriots during Thursday night's blowout loss.
Well, now it's fighting back.
Actually, it was Moore's mouth that did the firing back Monday, particularly with a shot at NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth, who criticized Moore for what he perceived as the guard being manhandled by Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork on the play.
"The Collinsworth guy, I've never been a big fan of his," Moore said. "To portray it that way and to see it on TV, somebody slides into the back of you, that play happens a lot. ... I didn't know what was going on until after the game. During the game, I didn't know, and good thing I didn't know."
Replays showed Sanchez slid into Moore's legs at the Jets' 32-yard line. Considering the line of scrimmage was the 31, Moore actually got a push on Wilfork.
But Collinsworth gushed about Wilfork's handling of Moore there, even while watching a replay that countered what he was saying.
"Oh my gosh, Vince Wilfork just threw Brandon Moore into Mark Sanchez. I have never seen this before in my life," Collinsworth said after the play. "Watch this, Vince Wilfork is going to throw Brandon Moore back into his quarterback, he's going to fumble the football. This is what Reggie White used to do, forklift them and just lift them off the ground. Mark Sanchez not expecting it, and it was the back side of Brandon Moore that knocked the ball out."
Wilfork never lifted Moore off the ground. In fact, Moore only lost his feet because Sanchez took his legs out from behind him. Sanchez was scrambling because fullback Lex Hilliard was nowhere to be found to take the handoff on the designed run.
"Wow, I have seen Vince Wilfork do some things that have impressed me from a strength standpoint," Collinsworth said during the broadcast, "but that one just jumped into the top five."
The collision between Sanchez and Moore's derriere was all over websites, highlight reels and the back pages of the New York tabloids, with the New York Post putting the headline "Butt Ugly" over the image.
The Jets certainly don't have a lot of nits to pick after getting hammered by their divisional rivals in front of a national audience, but Moore does have a case here.
"Just as a commentator, I don't particularly care for him," Moore said of Collinsworth. "That's just as a fan watching the games in general."
Asked why, Moore said, "I don't need to get into (specifics). He's ... whatever."